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Mega-doses of vitamins *hurt* HIV patients

An outcome some of you might expect, but for reasons you probably dont expect– Let me tell you the punchline first: Effect of High-Dose vs Standard-Dose Multivitamin Supplementation at the Initiation of HAART on HIV Disease Progression and Mortality in Tanzania, A Randomized Controlled Trial Scientists had a pool of patients (over 3000) with HIV…

HIV-cure-woo alive and well in Africa

There are some HIV-woo ideas that I cannot believe we are still dealing with in 2012. 1. ‘Condoms dont stop HIV’ – Actually, they do.  Really, really well.  Better than any ‘prophylactic antiretroviral’ (with no side-effects).  Virus cant evolve resistance to condoms.  Virus cant swim through the tiny holes in the structure of latex.  Condoms…

Science News Update

Jerome Horwitz, the man who invented AZT, died– Being in the basic virology realm of HIV Research World, I dont always pay as much attention to the clinical side of things as I should.  Thus I didnt know about the really interesting history of Jerome Horowitz and AZT.  Apparently he invented it as an anti-cancer…

The story of ‘How we know where HIV-1 came from’ is really cool– A group of researchers went into the jungles of Africa, collected lots of monkey poop, and figured out pretty much the exact colony of chimpanzees that transmitted their SIV into humans, which lead to the HIV epidemic we know today. Those researchers…

Anti-HIV vaginal ring kinda works in macaques!

I am, in no way, a ‘fan’ of using anti-retroviral drugs in uninfected individuals as a way to prevent HIV.  I think its a terrible idea that will result in more drug resistant HIV (already an issue before this idea was implemented) and ridiculous considering everyone who needs anti-retrovirals to live does not have/are losing…

This story has been making the rounds online– Unlicensed Acupuncturist intentionally infects patients with HIV Unlicensed Acupuncturist Charged In 16 HIV Infections In Switzerland Swiss acupuncturist charged in 16 HIV infections Swiss “healer” accused of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV using acupuncture needles – I only have the details you all can see there.…

OMFGWARBLEGARBLE! THERE IS ANOTHER AIDS!

NOH MAH GAWD!!! Mysterious Disease Leaves Patients With AIDS-like Symptons, But Not HIV Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. [bolding original] Researchers identify rare adult immune disease in Asia…

Many ERV readers are aware of ‘The Berlin Patient’– The fellow who has seemingly cleared the HIV-1 virus after receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat his lymphoma (we say ‘seemingly’ because we dont really know what ‘cured’ is with HIV yet). The Berlin Patient was a rather unique case  in that he got a…

HIV-1, babies, and breast-feeding

Despite the fact that the radically religious and conservative politicians like to focus on homosexual males and IV drug use leading to HIV-1 infection, the fact of the matter is, heterosexual women are the fastest growing group of HIV-1 patients in the US (and Africa, and Asia)– even women in committed relationships (usually considered ‘low…

If you are reading this blog, you already know all about how a huge portion of your genome is parasitic junk DNA (~40-45%), a fraction of which is retroviral junk (ERVs, ~9%).  If youre new here… SURPRISE! Sure, we have a gene here, a promoter there (maybe) that was domesticated for human genome use, but…